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What Is Shoepeg Corn?

By Angela Farrer
Updated May 16, 2024
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Shoepeg corn is a type of sweet corn that is noted for its tightly packed and uneven rows of kernels when it is first harvested on the cob. This kind of corn gets its name from a resemblance to the small pegs that were commonly used in shoe repair during the nineteenth century. Although the exact same pegs are generally no longer used in shoes, the name has stayed with the corn. Shoepeg corn is typically white or pale yellow, and it is available packed in cans more often than picked fresh. Canned shoepeg corn is a flexible ingredient that can add some vegetable variety to dishes such as casseroles, salads, dips, and homemade chili.

A look at the nutritional value of shoepeg corn reveals that it is quite low in fat as well as calories. The liquid that is often used to preserve canned corn can contain higher amounts of refined sugar, however, which increases the carbohydrate content. Many casserole recipes that include this kind of corn require it to be thoroughly drained before adding it to the rest of the ingredients. Some cooks prefer to use shoepeg corn for casseroles because it tends to hold its shape and texture better than other types of corn. The same heartiness also makes this type of corn a good addition to slow cooker recipes such as white chili.

Homemade salsas and dips are common favorites that can include a wide range of vegetables such as tomatoes, bell peppers, avocados, and onions as well as corn. Some spicier salsa recipes with shoepeg corn can also include chopped cilantro or jalapeños. Black beans are often mixed in as well for a good source of protein. Corn salsas can also serve as flavorful steak toppings as well as dips. The typical corn dip recipe can consist of a mixture of mayonnaise, sour cream, vegetables, and shredded cheese with chips or crackers added for some crunch.

Salads allow a good deal of recipe creativity with shoepeg corn, and it can easily add some sweet flavor to different kinds of lettuce such as iceberg or spinach leaves. Some well-drained corn also goes well with lighter salad dressings such as Italian or vinaigrette. Homemade vinaigrette dressing for a corn salad can be mixed from olive oil, mild vinegar, salt, pepper, and a small measure of sugar. Depending on individual preferences, some cooks can add pimentos, green peas, or green beans to this type of salad.

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